Mark A. Wilson

Mark Wilson

Professor of Geology; Lewis M. and Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Natural Sciences

Department/Affiliation: Geology
Phone: 330-263-2247
Office Address: 120 Scovel
Curriculum Vitae (CV)


  • B.A., Wooster 1978
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 1982

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 100: History of Life
  • GEOL 250: Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Geology Confronts Creationism
  • First Year Seminar: Nonsense (And Why It's So Popular)

I.S. Project Examples

  • Sarah Bender (2015): "Grazer Dynamics on a Relict Acroporid Patch Reef System and their Implications for the Carbonate Budget at Coral Gardens, Belize"
  • Coleman Fitch (2015): "Macroborings and their Relationship to Encrusting Bryozoans on Brachiopods and Bivalves from the Upper Ordovician of the Cincinnatian Group"
  • George Harrison (2015): "The Symbiosis Between Bioclaustrated Organisms and their Host Bryozoans in the Late Ordovician"
  • Stephanie Bosch (2014): "First Bryozoan Fauna Described from the Jurassic Tropics: Specimens from the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, Upper Callovian) in Southern Israel"
  • Oscar Mmari (2014): "The Effect of Local Tectonics and Marine Erosion on the Cretaceous Phosphorite in the Mishash Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Campanian) at Wadi Hawarim, Southern Israel"
  • Elizabeth Reinthal (2014): "Taphonomy and Pathology of a Middle Jurassic Shallow Marine Crinoid Community (Matmor Formation, Southern Israel)"

Awards & Professional Memberships


Please see Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

“The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks.” (Ernst Cloos, 1898-1974)


A member of the faculty since 1981, Dr. Wilson studies the evolution and paleoecology of encrusting and bioeroding invertebrates, as well as the origin and diagenesis of carbonate rocks (especially hardgrounds), calcite sea dynamics, and Pleistocene sealevel change.